Sep 3, 2010
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Wellingara Health Clinic

The Health clinic is a special project that is very important to Meg Lyon.  As a retired nurse she was able to see the strong need for health care facilities in the community, particularly after one of the women in the adult literacy classes died in childbirth. Now, five years after it was originally conceived and four years since the first cement block was laid, the building was completed. This is a testament to the hard work of the architect, local builders, volunteer labourers and generous support of many friends in the UK and Holland, not forgetting the fund raising efforts of the 1to3 Trustees.

The clinic building consists of an Out-patient Centre, Consulting Room, ante and post-natal car rooms, labour ward, pharmacy, shower and toilet facilities. The walls and floors are tiled for easy cleaning.

If funds can be found we hope eventually to build a house on site for a doctor  so that the clinic can cater for admitted in-patients.

Medical staff and the local people are very impressed with the facilities which in addition to the above include a borehole for clean water (also available to local families at set time of the day). The Clinic has mains electricity boosted, or supplanted in times of power cuts, by photovoltaic Solar Panels.

After a very long wait the Department of State for Health signed the Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U.) in August 2011. The Regional Health Team (R.H.T.) has authority over the clinic and the day-to-day running is overseen by the Management Committee, a member of which is a doctor with wide obstetric experience, in attendance every day is the clinic administrator. The RHT ask that the clinic be open 24 hours a day, fully staffed, but at present there are only sufficient funds for two nurse/midwives and the clinic is open 8 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday. Until such time as the ante and post-natal facilities are fully available  staff from a  bigger clinic some miles away come to Wellingara one day each fortnight, this team consists of a Public Health Officer, Midwife, HIV Service Officer, Lab Technician, Data Entry clerk and an ambulance driver. At these times as many as 200 patients attend for ante-natal care and young children receive their innoculations.

Each month the administrator sends 1to3 trustees details of which medical conditions have been treated. This always includes Malaria (see  ‘Malaria and mosquito nets’ ) and typically also pneumonia, wounds, colds etc. In December 2012 of the people attending for treatment there were 120 cases of Malaria, 30 of Pneumonia, 12 with multiple sores, 10 with dental abscesses, 6 with skin infections and 10 with the common cold. In February 2013 1,329 visited the clinic for Reproductive and Child Health services.

A small sum from childrens sponsorship is ring-fenced for any treatment or medication required for those children or their families at the clinic. If necessary transport costs to other medical facilities are also paid from this fund.


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